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Oclaro's 100 Gbps PM-QPSK Coherent MSA Module Enters Volume Production To Support Global Customer Deployments

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR), a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser solutions, today announced that it is entering volume production for its highly-integrated 100 Gbps PM-QPSK MSA transceiver module, the OTM-100, to support ramping customer demand. This marks another major milestone for the Oclaro 100 Gbps coherent MSA transceiver module, which recently demonstrated a record-breaking 3,300km transmission distance on SURFnet's DWDM fiber infrastructure in Europe.  Oclaro will be showcasing the OTM-100 module along with its complete line of 100 Gbps components and other high bit rate solutions at the upcoming ECOC Exhibition (Oclaro stand #444) from September 17-19 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Oclaro has already shipped more than a hundred OTM-100 coherent MSA transceiver modules for system integration and testing with customers located throughout the US, Europe and Asia. This highlights the growing momentum towards volume deployment of 100 Gbps in optical networks and validates Oclaro's strong position in the market.  According to Infonetics Research, this rapidly expanding market segment is projected to grow more than 10-fold over the next three years. An unrelenting growth in bandwidth usage from consumers as well as enterprises is driving the need for higher-bandwidth wavelengths in optical networks. High bit rate coherent solutions, such as the 100 Gbps OTM-100 transceiver, offer capital as well as operational efficiencies through, for example, plug-and-play adaption to the fiber infrastructure characteristics and native transport of high bit rate signals.

"The 100 Gbps transceiver market has really heated up in 2012 with vendors delivering the price and performance that will enable 100 Gbps networks to become a viable volume market opportunity," said Andrew Schmitt, Directing Analyst, Optical from Infonetics Research.  "We expect annual deployments of 100G wavelengths to at least double and possibly triple in 2013, and the component companies that are best positioned to drive this market are vertically integrated suppliers that have the product breadth and manufacturing strength."

"Today's announcement demonstrates Oclaro's continued leadership in 100 Gbps optical networking and highlights our success in delivering highly integrated solutions with the functionality and performance that customers require," said Jim Haynes, President of Global Business at Oclaro, Inc.   "The OTM-100 is a mature solution based on second-generation coherent DSP technology and delivers the performance, size and cost advantages needed for deploying 100 Gbps wavelengths in volume.  The module is designed for rapid and easy system integration to enable our customers to bring 100 Gbps products to market fast and cost-efficiently.  These strengths are clearly being validated by the industry as we continue winning new customers for the OTM-100 across the globe."

About the 100 Gbps Coherent MSA ModuleThe OTM-100 is an OIF-compliant 100 Gbps PM-QPSK MSA transceiver module based on second generation DSP coherent technology from NEL (part of NTT Electronics Corporation). The module enables network equipment vendors to cost-efficiently build high performance 100 Gbps metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul and submarine transport solutions and rapidly bring them to market. Utilizing Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) and advanced DSP algorithms, the OTM-100 module improves reach, minimizes or eliminates the need for regeneration points, and simplifies network deployment rules, thereby reducing network infrastructure and operating costs.

Product AvailabilityThe OTM-100 100 Gbps PM-QPSK MSA transceiver module has been shipping to customers for testing and system integration.  It is expected to enter volume production at the end of September 2012.

About OclaroOclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is one of the largest providers of lasers and optical components, modules and subsystems for the optical communications, industrial, and consumer laser markets.  The company is a global leader dedicated to photonics innovation, with cutting-edge research and development (R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Japan. It has in-house and contract manufacturing sites in China, Malaysia and Thailand, with design, sales and service organizations in most of the major regions around the world. For more information, visit http://www.oclaro.com.

Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Oclaro, the Oclaro logo, and certain other Oclaro trademarks and logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Oclaro, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information in this release is subject to change without notice.

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